We have just moved to a flat in Brunswick Heads 2483, we don't require a landline, although the previous occupant had one in place.
We are trying to find an Internet provider that can supply a service reliable/fast enough to play online games and allow us to use Skype. I'm assuming we will require a medium data package at least? Can you make any suggestions? Thanks, Jon.
We had a look at the Brunswick Heads area (lovely part of the world!) and the telephone exchange there is currently unable to offer Naked DSL. Naked DSL is an ADSL2+ connection on a phone line where the phone element of the line has been deactivated, thus leaving only the fast and stable internet to run. So, if you want to have a broadband connection able to handle online gaming and Skype conversations, you’ll need to have an active phone line as well.
It’s usually cheaper to get a bundle of broadband internet and phone line through the single provider, but this isn’t always the case. We’ll give you a few different options here, but as you need quite a fast connection, we would recommend going for an ADSL2+ connection. If none of the providers at Brunswick Heads can offer ADSL2+, then you should go for an ADSL1 connection on the fastest 8,000kbps (8Mbps) speed.
As you mention, online gaming does use quite a lot of data, so we also think you should sign up to a plan with a medium to high data quota. The best providers for ADSL/ADSL2+ bundles at Brunswick Heads are probably iPrimus (1300 137 794), iiNet (1300 106 571), and SpinTel (1300 106 571). Your other option would be to get a Telstra landline (1800 331 286) in conjunction with a standalone broadband connection through either Club Telco (1300 138 155) or Eftel (1300 106 571).
If iPrimus has ADSL2+ at the Brunswick Heads exchange, you could get the ADSL2+ $39.95 Family 100GB plus $29.95 phone line 12-month broadband plan. You get 50GB in peak time and 50GB in off-peak. When iPrimus only has ADSL1 home phone bundles in the area, the ADSL $49.95 Family 100GB plus $29.95 phone line rental month-to-month broadband plan is a good option. It’s identical to the plan above, but iPrimus will offer up to 8Mbps in speed, and this contract length offers more flexibility.
When choosing an unbundled option, the Eftel ADSL2+ BroadbandMax100 $39.99 100GB month-to-month plan is a great choice. You can use your data anytime you like, and together with your Telstra landline you should only pay around $70 a month.
Club Telco has unlimited data standalone plans for both ADSL and ADSL2+ connections. The Club Telco ADSL1Max $50 Unlimited month-to-month broadband plan runs at speeds of up to 8Mbps, and set-up is very cheap, as Club Telco only charges a $50 annual membership fee. You can use as much data as you like and be happy in the knowledge your speed will never be slowed down. Together with a Telstra phone line you’ll pay around $80 a month.
If ADSL2+ is available with Club Telco you can sign up to the identical plan, but with even faster speeds. We’re talking about the Club Telco ADSL2+ $50 Unlimited month-to-month broadband plan.
For people who have to have top-notch customer service based onshore in Australia, do not look past iiNet. If only ADSL1 is available at Brunswick Heads, iiNet has the Up to 20,000kbps Home 4 $69.95 100GB ADSL1 monthly broadband bundle plan plus $29.95 phone line rental. You get 50GB in peak and 50GB in off-peak, you can pay via BPAY, and you won’t need to worry about a lack in technical support quality.
We’ve tried to give you as many options as we could. Feel free to call us at Compare Broadband on 1300 106 571 for more information.
We hope this helps!
Jesse, Compare Broadband